Dr. Danny Summers was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London in the United Kingdom, where he received a bachelor of science (honours) degree in mathematics in 1967 and a Ph.D. degree in magnetohydrodymanics in 1970.
For Dr. Summers, the joy of mathematics is applying it to real situations. At one time his main interest was plasma motion in Jupiter's magnetosphere, but recently he is more interested in research on the Earth's magnetosphere and the behaviours of electrons in the planet's magnetic field. Geomagnetic storms can produce highly energetic electrons lasting for several days, constituting a potential danger to orbiting satellites, space stations and astronauts as well as causing power outages.
Dr. Summers has published about 100 research papers and has held many visiting positions including the University of California at Los Angeles; Kyoto University, Japan; the Max-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie, Germany; and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research at Boulder, Colorado. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in the United Kingdom.